Boaz had great wealth and yet he slept in his barn during harvest with the other workers. He took notice of Ruth and what an amazing woman she was - he found himself falling in love with her. When Ruth presented herself to him he responded that someone else had the right to her and Naomi. OUCH! Boaz was willing to let go of the one thing he wanted to bad! Boaz died to his right to have Ruth. In chapter 4 Boaz assembles a congregation and presents Naomi's case to her closest kinsman and he says he'll take her land. This had to sting Boaz! But ultimately God turned the table. How did God reward Boaz for dying to himsel? He let him have her! Boaz - birth of a vision, death of a vision, fulfillment of a vision - and now Boaz & Ruth became the great grandparents of David and even greater grandparents of JESUS CHRIST! Observation: 1) He waited for the opportunity - he didn't go out and pursue it. 2) He gave up the opporunity when it came - he died to what he wanted.
Ruth 3:12 (5/14/14)
Dying to Self
May 14, 2014 • Benham Brothers
The Story of Redemption • April 24, 2016 • Benham Brothers
- Redeem means “to set free by paying a price" - it's about LOVE. - KEY - Only those who receive this love WTC will experience this freedom. - The book of RUTH is a physical picture of this redeeming love - it's a love story. - BEGIN With The End In Mind - Matt 1:5. - See where you want to be and work backward. - Our scene is BETHLEHEM. - PART 1: (1:1-5) - Famine - Two Types: - 1) God’s leading - He’s moving you to another place. - 2) God’s judgment - He’s punishing for sin. - Pattern - Untruth, Unfaith, Disobedience, Death / Truth, Faith, Obedience, Life. - Which pattern will you choose? - Naomi tells the girls to go find husbands...... - PART 2: (1:14-18) - WTC! - Ruth clung to Naomi - she LOVED Naomi and placed her FAITH in God. - Law - no Moabite could enter the congregation, but Ruth placed her faith in God. - Ruth wasn’t focused on her stuff - she was focused on God and Naomi. - God was busy taking care of Ruth’s stuff in the background. - Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem...... - PART 3: (2:1-7) - Work is Worship. - Ruth was a producer, not a consumer - Boaz was watching. - Boaz returns the favor done to his mother, Rahab....... - PART 4: (2:8-15) - Divine Attraction. - They were attracted to each other’s CHARACTER first. - They were drawn to qualities you CAN CONTROL, not those you can’t control. - Nowhere do we see a mention of Ruth’s or Boaz’s physical features. - Naomi tells Ruth that Boaz is a kinsman redeemer....... - PART 5: (3:1-9) - The Plan. - She approached him - we must approach Jesus. - Spread Your Wings (2:12) - The very thing he attributed to God she now attributed to him! - Boaz wants to redeem them....... - PART 6: (3:11-14) - Die To Your Dream. - Boaz wanted Ruth, but he was willing to die to her. - He did what was right even when his emotions were going crazy. - vs 14 - he never touched her - true love WAITS. - Boaz sits in the gate........ - PART 7: (4:1-10) - Fulfillment of A Dream. - Vs 4:13 & 17 - Ruth becomes the mother of Obed - Jesse - David..........JESUS!
Ruth 1:14 (5/8/13)
Kiss or Cling • May 8, 2013 • Benham Brothers
A woman having a husband was everything in those days * Ruth was more interested in Naomi's God and taking care of Naomi than she was about getting a husband God looked favorably upon Ruth - we hear no more about Orpah Orpah kissed Naomi, but Ruth clung to her Are we just kissing Jesus or clinging? God was watching out for Ruth
Ruth 2:1 (4/18/19)
Rahab • April 18, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* Remember Rahab? A non-Jewish woman in Canaan and a former prostitute who clung to faith in God and was spared death in Jericho. * She was married to Salmon, who was the father of Boaz (some believe she was the grandmother of Boaz). * Boaz most likely grew up hearing the story of what God did and how He spared her even though she wasn’t a Jew. * So when Ruth showed up Boaz didn’t see a Moabite woman who shouldn’t be a part of the Jews. (Deuteronomy 23:3 - “No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants should enter into the assembly of the Lord, even to the 10th generation) * He saw a woman a lot like his mom (or grandmother) who placed her faith in God and needed mercy just as she did. * Just as the City of Jericho was doomed for destruction, yet God spared one faithful family. * Ruth the Moabite was allowed into the assembly just as Rahab the Canaanite because of her faith. * Faith transforms people - God no longer saw Ruth as a Moabite or Rahab as a Canaanite - He saw them as His kids! * Boaz was uniquely prepared for Ruth, so now we have this great love story. * Their marriage produced Obed, who had a son named Jesse, who had a boy named David who became king in Israel. * Until David’s progeny produced a king named JESUS!